Cupich Fires Catholic School Principal Over Mask Mandate

A principal at a south suburban Catholic school was ousted this week after he refused to comply with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s mask mandate.

M. Jacob “Doc” Mathius, principal at Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Evergreen Park, met with the parish’s pastor, Rev. Martin T. Marren, on Tuesday to discuss his choice to lift a mask requirement at the school last week — a decision that landed him on administrative leave.

In a letter sent to the school’s community Wednesday, Marren said he planned to welcome the beloved principal back if Mathius made “some fair and reasonable steps that would repair the breach his actions created in our parish and school community, as well as with our sister schools in the Archdiocese.”

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